- Jenny Schwartz
- Release Date
- November 2015
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery
On the rooftops of London, you can be anyone.
A year ago, Lanie Briers escaped a serial killer. She grew up in a theatre family and her act was mediumship, but not anymore. Life, now, is a hidden retreat above a quirky Bloomsbury museum, where she waits and watches.
Nick Tawes is an unexpected intrusion. He's a landscape architect filming a television series on roof gardens, and he intends to build one in Lanie's aerial territory. He has his own demons, old family troubles, that lure Lanie out of her refuge and into living again.
But as summer progresses and the sky garden grows, Lanie's enemy is closing in--because some secrets must go to the grave.
May 18, 2016 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
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Lanie Briers' life and safety are about to change with the installation of a sky garden on the roof of the museum where she works and hides away in in London. Nick Tawes is bringing that change and will be changed himself.
Lanie Briers runs the Horry Museum, which is an Edwardian era home turned into a museum. Volunteers give tours and sometimes dress their parts, but Lanie dresses in 1950's style clothes as her costume against recognition and lives in a rooftop apartment above the museum. Nick Tawes, a landscape architect, surprises her in her home with the announcement that her safe zone is going to become a sky garden for his show that builds and displays rooftop gardens all over the world.
As the rooftop garden takes shape and grows, so does Lanie and Nick's relationship. Lanie is hiding from a continued threat after surviving an abduction by a serial killer nine months ago, but Nick has her wanting to break out of her self-imposed hiding. Nick has a difficult relationship with his father, who is gentry and he didn't know until he was 14 years old. On their Waterhill estate, his father and step-mother are anxious to meet Lanie and see Nick, but time isn't on their side. Lanie steps up to help Nick in a difficult time, which can lead danger to her from the publicity, while Nick runs away to get lost in work instead of dealing with his emotions. They could be separated forever.
This is a contemporary romance that blooms very slowly. I really was hoping that the characters would become more emotionally invested sooner. It is a sweet and interesting romance, if you are willing to wait for it. Lanie and Nick are well developed, but the inclusion of Lanie's past sets the reader up for much more suspense/mystery than is delivered. You have to wait until very late in the story for anything to happen and it is over very quickly.
If you go into this expecting a sweet contemporary well written romance, you won't be disappointed.
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